YMMV / The Rescuers

The films contain examples of:

  • Adaptation Displacement: You can imagine how many people have even heard of the original books. In fact, there are a good 12 within the series. The final book, Bernard Into Battle, was made not too long after the first movie.
  • Awesome Art: The entire flight scene. But then what else would you expect from master animator Glen Keane?
  • Base Breaking Characters: You either feel sorry for Penny and can't stand Madame Medusa for treating her bad and chewing way too much of the scenery or you get annoyed at Penny for not realizing she's in danger most if not all of the time and cherish how much of a memorable villain Madame Medusa is.
  • Common Knowledge: Despite what many reviews claim, Marahute is never posited in-story to be the Last of Her Kind; McCleach only says she's "rare".
  • Complete Monster: Percival C. McLeach from Down Under is one of the few humans in the series who seems to be aware that the animals are sentient. This does not stop him from, in his own words, "tearing off their hides" to make a living. When Cody interferes with one of McLeach's operations, the poacher kidnaps him, tosses knives at him, and locks him in one of the cramped cages he keeps the animals he's captured in, and uses him as bait to lure the eagle Marahute into his clutches; he subsequently instructs his monitor lizard sidekick, Joanna the Goanna, to devour the eagle's eggs, rendering the species rarer and thus more valuable. When the Rescuers visit McLeach's hideout they find he is keeping three talking animals prisoner, intending to turn them all into luxury goods; McLeach himself is observed giving orders to Frank the Frilled Lizard, confirming that he knows they can understand him. When Cody proves too much trouble, McLeach ties Cody to a crane and lowers him into a river filled with crocodiles, only to raise him back up, then almost does it again, just to toy with him. When the power on his half-track goes out, stopping him from lowering Cody, McLeach takes out a gun and shoots the rope holding him above the river, only to be swept over the waterfall himself, while Joanna, who McLeach had frequently abused, looks on.
  • Contested Sequel: Opinions are split on which of the two movies is superior: although the first is the most well-known, Down Under seems to have rapidly gathered a lot of fans after Doug Walker put it on a list of Underrated Nostalgic Classics with movies such as The Rocketeer, The Iron Giant, The Secret Of Nimh and The Prince of Egypt. Likewise the Nostalgia Chick didn't include it on her list of bad Disney sequels, pointing out in the followup Least Awful Disney Sequels that it doesn't even belong there as it's not awful at all. On the other hand, and popularity aside, fans of the first movie (for its charm, quiet pace, cute and moving characters) will tell you that Down Under might be a good adventure flick, but that in their opinion it's not what The Rescuers should be about.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: McLeach is a rival to The Joker in this despite being a character in a children's movie.
    McLeach: Home, home on the range! Where the critters are tied up in chains! I'll cut through their sides, and I'll rip off their hides, and the next day I'll do it again!
  • Ear Worm: "R-E-S, C-U-E, Rescue Aid Society..."
    • The cut song Peopleitis. note  "Peopleitis, peopleitis, why the things that people do..."
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Percival McLeach, one of the villains, is probably the most remembered character.
    • Frank the frilled lizard in Down Under. He's quite a Ridiculously Cute Critter for such a scaly reptile. Also, Joanna.
  • Evil is Cool: McLeach was worse than Medusa as far as his actual actions go, but it was easier to dismiss him since, due to George C. Scott obviously having a ton of fun voicing him, he came off as being "cooler." Plus, he's got a friggin halftrack. That's badass no matter who you are.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: even though they never meet in either movie, Penny and Cody are a popular couple in fanart and fanfics.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: According to famed Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston in their book "Disney Animation and the Illusion of Life", when The Rescuers was released in Germany, it became the highest grossing picture of all time in that country.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Cody bears a strong resemblance to Steve Irwin's son, Bob.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The first film used "I like trains!" years before ASDF Movie.
    • In the second film, one of the Rescue Aid Society delegates is named Esmeralda.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Michelle Stacy does seem to bear at least some resemblance to Penny.
    • Mcleach greatly resembles his voice actor, George C. Scott.
  • Magnificent Bastard: McLeach. When threats and violence don't loosen Cody's tongue, McLeach hatches a plan to trick Cody into leading him to Marahute by claiming she was shot by another hunter and then releasing him, anticipating that Cody will go to her nest to protect the eggs. He is proven correct, and after following Cody to the nest, he successfully catches Marahute as a result. Befitting of a character voiced by the Trope Namer himself, George C. Scott.
    • Joanna has a minor, but hilarious, example of being one when she manages to steal and eat all of the eggs McLeach was going to use to make an omelet through a series of clever tricks and fake-outs.
  • Memetic Mutation: "These are NOT Joanna eggs!"
  • Moe: Penny.
  • Moral Event Horizon: McLeach and Medusa each have various moments per character that are potential candidates for this, although you'll hear different answers from different people on which moment whichever character actually crossed it.
    • Medusa goes from kidnapping an orphan girl named Penny so as to use her to find a diamond in a cave beneath a well to encouraging Snoops to be harsher when Penny doesn't find it to personally making Penny look for the diamond in the cave even though this actually puts Penny's life in danger. Then when Penny gets the diamond and Medusa takes it, Medusa holds Snoops AND Penny at gunpoint to deter them from taking it.
    • McLeach goes from kidnapping Cody (the young boy who confronted McLeach's poaching) to tricking the authorities into thinking Cody is dead by throwing his backpack to the crocodiles to trying to coerce an eagle's whereabouts out of Cody by throwing sharp knives close to his head to locking Cody up in the same cages he uses for captured animals...but the most likely moment for Moral Event Horizon comes in the form of having Cody hanging from a rope tied to a crane, then lowering Cody into crocodile-infested waters and raised back out again, only to try and lower him in again, this time permanently. McLeach's intent was to "tie up" the last "loose end" by eliminating the only human witness to his preceding crimes in a way that would look like an accident — he even laughs about how the rangers will now find Cody's body at Croc Falls, exactly where they thought he was killed. But he just wanted to torture Cody first for the fun of it, apparently.
  • Older Than They Think: The companion PDF file for The Lost Chords reveals that the first movie had been in production since 1962, placing this as the last movie released that was in production during Walt Disney's Era.
  • Padding: Don't get the wrong idea, The Rescuers Down Under was well-made and pretty, but Bernard and Bianca are in less than half of it and their arc is a very straightforward one. If it were titled An Australian Movie That The Rescuers Appear In Briefly, you might appreciate the padding more.
    • The entire scene with Cody in the cages with the animals. It doesn't affect the story, none of the characters established in it are met again and nothing was accomplished.
    • Wilbur's back surgery, slapstick-funny as it was, also seemed tacked on.
    • Almost necessary padding just to get it to feature-length; the movie runs a scant 77 minutes.
  • Sequel Displacement: Some fans of Down Under have never heard of the original film. It doesn't help that almost every time Walt Disney Home Video put out the Rescuers movies on a new format in North America, Down Under beat its predecessor by at least a year.note 
  • Sequelitis: The second film got some good reception, but became the sole financial bust of the Disney Renaissance (and only one of two Disney Animation bombs during Jeffrey Katzenberg's Disney career, the other being The Black Cauldron). It also has a lower RT rating than the original Dark Age Disney classic, though still in fresh territory.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Down Under was met with this reaction after The Little Mermaid started the Disney Renaissance. The film received lukewarm reviews and being released on the same day as Home Alone didn't help.
  • Toy Ship: Though they've never officially met, Penny and Cody are a popular couple.
  • Values Dissonance: The original 1977 film has some mild examples, mostly to do with today's stricter ratings standards. It can be startling to see a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal knocking back moonshine, to say nothing of the villain's carefree attitude toward gun safety. There's also the little issue that, while all of the other mice in the Rescue Aid Society represent individual countries, the only one from Africa we see is just. . . Africa.
  • Viewer Species Confusion: Brutus and Nero are often called crocodiles (and they do have narrow snouts like crocodiles, rather than broad ones like alligators), but the concept art states that they are alligators.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After several years of several films of varying quality that suffered from not having Walt Disney at the helm owing to his death, The Rescuers was at the time a badly-needed success for The Walt Disney Company and considered one of its better outings of that era which made it an important step toward The Little Mermaid and the Disney Renaissance; Disney was clearly aware of this due to having the sequel be the second film of the Renaissance and the first film using the CAPS system (though it failed at the box office, the animation pioneering it did bring was crucial to the success of Beauty And The Beast, the third film of the Renaissance).
  • The Woobie: Penny, and to a lesser extent Cody, who is more of an Iron Woobie.

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